A version of this article originally appeared on Style Wise.
When it comes to basic wardrobe builders, we’re not all going to have exactly the same list. The dress-inclined may need dresses, cropped sweaters, and tights, while the jeans-lover may prefer classic tees and boyfriend cardigans.
That being said, I think most of us can agree that most women want a dozen or so key pieces in their wardrobe to mix and match with the signature items that makes one’s style truly personal. I searched through the archives and realized I’d never really offered a concise list of basics, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to provide some options today.
Think of this as an ethical capsule wardrobe that can serve as the jumping-off point to developing your personal style within the ethical marketplace.
You don’t need to hurry to replace the conventional items in your closet that you can still get some wear out of, but when you’re ready, I hope this list will be helpful.
A note on organization: My top pick for sustainability, endurance, and price point is listed first. I was very careful to select items that are versatile, timeless, and come from reputable brands. I own versions of several of the items listed.
1. The Tee
American Giant U-Neck Tee, $24.50
2. The Casual LBD
Synergy Column Dress, $77.60
3. The Jacket
4. The Jeans
Thought Apparel Queenie Organic Jeans, £54.90 ($67.41)
5. The Skirt
6. The Blazer
People Tree Betty Jacket, $99
7. The Comfy Cardigan
Fair Indigo Boyfriend Cardigan, $69.99 (on sale)
8. The Sandals
9. The Sneakers
Etiko Organic High Tops, $73.09
What’s your favorite ethical wardrobe pick?
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